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A Pearl of Great Value

  • “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. “ (Matthew 13:44-45 NIV)

    When I pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit before reading a familiar passage, I often see it in a whole new light. Typically, I interpret this parable to mean that Jesus is the Treasure or the Pearl and that when we find Him we should give up our old nature and give all of our being to Christ. I still think that this is an accurate interpretation, but when I read the passage this time, I felt that… and more.

    I feel that not only is Jesus our treasure or pearl of great value, but we are also His. God created us so that we can live lives worthy of Him and sing praises and worship His name. He gave us the gift of free will but His Kingdom is there within each of us just waiting for us to enter. A kingdom is nothing without its people and that is what we are – the people of the Kingdom of God. We are, each of us, a pearl that God hid away until he could sell all that he had in order to purchase us. And He did exactly that. The Word became Flesh, living among us, experiencing all that we experience, facing temptation, living a life that was pure and worthy. The flesh was destroyed, destroyed in order to purchase that treasure that was hidden in the field. Jesus was crucified to obtain the pearl of great value – our souls. But even death could not encompass the Lord or the Kingdom; Jesus rose from the dead so that we would be able to become part of the Kingdom. It didn't stop there, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within each of us, so that not only are we part of the Kingdom, but the Kingdom is part of us.

    I am reminded of the price that was paid for me through the elements each time that I participate in communion. As I drink from the cup, I am reminded that the blood of Christ was shed for me and now flows through my veins, it is the reminder of the new covenant. With each pulse that I feel, I know that the Lord is alive within me. It is that blood that sanctifies me and makes me worthy. It is easy to forget this as I go about my ordinary life and experience ordinary things. Coming to the table helps me to remember.

    As I eat the bread, I am reminded that the body of Christ is real and is given for those past, for us now, and for those in the future. Freely and willingly, Christ gave his body. He endured false accusation, humiliation, temptation, pain and death: a very high price for a handful of pearls. But my God believes that I am worth it. In partaking of the bread I am reminded to be thankful that I am seen as worthy and that much was given for me.

    Through the bread and the cup, I am reminded that God is at work changing me from the inside out. Each time that I participate in this sacrament, the Kingdom of God swells within me and I become bigger on the inside.


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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Good job Sunnie :)
March 12, 2015
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Sunnie McPhetres
Sunnie McPhetres It's amazing what happens when we are quiet and listen for instruction from God, isn't it?  Thank you for your encouragement!
March 12, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Yes it is!
March 12, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins That's a good word from The Lord, Amen!!!!
March 14, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you for the post!
March 23, 2015